British artist, sculptor, diver and naturalist Jason deCaires Taylor is a pioneer of sorts. Known for his artistic underwater sculptures, Taylor’s latest work involves the creation of the first sub-aquatic museum in the Atlantic Ocean, Museo Atlantico, forcing us to reimagine the sea.

In the past, Taylor has created similar undersea museums in the Bahamas and Mexico. This particular project, funded by the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism of the Cabildo of Lanzarote and the government of the Canary Islands, is situated on the seabed off the coast of Lanzarote.

Taylor’s unique, permanent installation—comprising over 400 sculptures—is constructed 14m beneath the surface and is accessible to snorkellers and divers.

The extraordinary series includes a main installation, titled ‘The Rubicon’, which features a group of 35 human figures frozen mid-walk beneath the waves and centres on climate change and signifies the point of no return.

Another work is the ‘Raft of Lampedusa’, a modern take on Romantic painter Théodore Géricault’s 1818 painting ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ along with a series of other statues that comprise a faceless couple taking a selfie; people glued to their phones, iPads and pointing cameras.

Built from pH-neutral marine cement, Taylor’s sculptures represent the relationship between humans and nature, and on a deeper level, the harmony between life and art.

The project is designed to create a large-scale artificial reef to aggregate local fish species and increase marine biomass whilst raising awareness about current threats facing the world’s oceans.

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